Wednesday 2/17 in Springfield: people get ready, there’s an action coming . . . .

Hey Folks and Welcome Back to the Fight for Public Higher Education in the Land of Lincoln:

I hope everyone has had a good day off today!

I’ve been in contact with the union and administration at CSU, and they are planning an event in Springfield this week on Wednesday 2/17. We’re invited to bring students and join them. Here’s an overview of the event from CSU/UPI 4100 President Robert Bionaz. Want to get on the bus and go? Please email him at and reserve a spot.

Last night I sent to all UPI members an e-mail about the upcoming bus trip to Springfield on February 17. Our students have organized two buses to make the trip and UPI is providing one also. I think it important that we have a presence in Springfield and I ask all our members who could possibly make the trip to do so. I realize that many of us have other commitments, but I think in this instance, if you can exercise discretion in rearranging schedules (personal and professional), making the trip downstate would be an excellent use of your time. Please let me know as soon as possible if you’re willing to take a road trip with us.

Details are still a little fluid. But this is the plan at present. Busses will leave from Chicago State University at 9501 S. King Drive, Student Union Building, First Floor Cafeteria, Chicago, IL 60615 on 2/17.

6:30 am – gather in the cafe; Sheila Collins and faculty members are donating breakfast care packages

7:00 am – departure

10-10:30 – arrival in Springfield

11:00 – rally at Lincoln Statute where there will be student speakers and legislators speaking

12:00 – budget address

12:30 – lunch which is being donated by BJ’s Market

1:00 – 2:00 – time to lobby

2:00 – this is still fluid but it is my understanding that there might be another student rally with EIU students and our students will probably choose to join

3:00 – departure from Springfield

6:00 – Arrival at CSU

You’ve got to love a care package breakfast and donated lunch! Thanks so much to our sister school here in Chicago for reaching out and asking us to join them!

In solidarity,